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Dr Pritchard completed her PhD in 2005, focused on the genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease and related phenotypes, at the University of Birmingham, UK. She moved to QIMR, Brisbane, Australia in 2006, to continue working on the genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease with Dr Corinne Lendon. She then joined Prof. John Upham’s respiratory research group at the University of Queensland in 2009, investigating the innate and adaptive immune responses to respiratory viruses, and how they influence pathogenic processes in asthma. After this productive post-doctoral position, Dr Pritchard took the opportunity to combine her genetics and immunology skills in Prof. Nicholas Hayward’s Oncogenomics group at QIMR Berghofer. Her projects included the genetics of familial melanoma, the genomics of melanomas and immunological response to melanoma. It was under Prof. Hayward’s mentorship, Dr Pritchard found her research calling and has worked in these project areas since 2012.
In 2017, Dr Pritchard took up a tenured research position in Scotland, at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where she leads a melanoma research group. She is a visiting scientist at QIMR Berghofer, with the Oncogenomics group.
Senior Research Officer, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
2020: HISA Research Supervisor of the Year
2005: PhD, Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease, University of Birmingham
2001: B.Med.Sc (1st class hons; specialisation in Cellular and Molecular Biology), University of Birmingham